Last chance for codling before they spawn

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With the easterly winds blowing, shore anglers will be hoping for a last chance at the codling before they move off to spawn.

Anglers braving the elements have found a few fish from the piers at Roker and South Shields.

Roker has seen codling up to 2lb from the end of the pier along with a few whiting, dabs and flounders.

The end of South Shields Pier has also been a good spot for codling with fish up to 2½lb caught, along with the odd whiting and dab.

Last week there were a few sized coalfish taken from the Post area fishing into the bay – could be a sign that spring is on its way.

The River Wear is still producing flounders, mostly taking frozen runnydown and mackerel baits, with the best areas West of the Queen Alexandra Bridge.

At this time of year, the flounders are ready to move out to sea to spawn, so they should be carefully unhooked and returned to the water as soon as possible.

The River Tyne is still producing codling up to 2lb, mostly on worm baits with marks between The Walkway and Hebburn Marina worth a cast.

Boat anglers are again having problems putting to sea due to the strong winds, but during a gap in the weather, the JFK2 anchored up close in shore and took 30 codling up to 6lb.

Only two out of nine anglers who fished last Tuesday’s Ryhope sweepstake managed to weigh in six cod between them.

Paul Hossack took first (2lb 2oz) and third (2lb) from Marsden. John Lovett was second (2lb 1oz) from Roker Pier.

The Wednesday night club had a measure and release competition at The White Wall with 14 anglers taking part.

Winner Gareth Gardiner took 14 fish for 299cm followed by “International” Joe Gibson with fine for 163cm. Third went to Lee Burton with five fish for 99cm. The longest fish was Gardiner’s 31cm flounder.

There are three club competitions this Sunday, Sunderland SAC (1-5pm), Ryhope SAC (3-7pm) and Seaham SAC will compete for the Hudson Trophy (12-5pm).

Ryhope SAC’s midweek sweepstake takes place on Tuesday (7-10pm). Registration and weigh in at Ryhope Community Centre. Entry for this match is £10 with 100 per cent payout.

The Wednesday night matches will take place every week in the River Wear.

Entry is £10 (£8 for longest length and £2 for the longest fish) with 100 per cent payout. Registration and peg draw at the venue. For more details call Andy on 0191 5654183 or find Lets Go Fishing on Facebook.

On Saturday, March 28, Seaham SAC will hold the Age Concern Nighthawk competition (5pm to midnight).

0191 5654183